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Lincoln City 1-2 Welling United
Updated 5:39pm Thursday 13th March 2014 in Sport
After a slow start, Welling United came back to claim the three points that took them over the fifty point mark for the season, whilst completing the double over Lincoln City.
Lee Butcher and Ross Lafayette were replaced by Jamie Turner and Josh Wakefield from the Welling team who were so unlucky at Nuneaton three days earlier.
Shocking defending gave Kris Bright an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal in the 5th minute, and he gave Turner no chance with a crisp finish.
Rattled Welling could have dropped further behind two minutes later but Ben Tomlinson headed over after Conner Robinson had headed back across the face of the goal.
Tomlinson then shot wide after a Welling attack was broken down before Welling settled down.
Loui Fazakerley tested Nick Townsend with an awkward cross before Turner had to be alert at the other end when Bright's shot was deflected.
Toby Alaja registered a shot on target for Welling but it didn't have the pace to worry Townsend then Harry Beautyman fired harmlessly wide.
Joe Healy's long ball found Fazakerley but his outside of the foot volley flew into Townsend's arms.
Another Welling attack broke down and Jake Gallagher was late on a tackle on Charlee Adams resulting in a booking for the England C midfielder.
Deservedly, Welling equalised eight minutes from the break through a spectacular Josh Wakefied effort from 25 yards.
Four minutes later, the Wings went ahead when Tobi Sho-Silva chased a long ball and rounded Townsend but ran out of space. Beautyman following up made himself available and his shot took a massive deflection giving Townsend no chance.
Things could have been worse for Lincoln when Healy appeared to be bundled over in the penalty area but nothing was given, then just before the break Blaine Hudson met Beautyman's free kick with a firm downward header that was turned away brilliantly by Townsend.
Lee Clarke replaced Healy at the break.
Townsend had to be alert twice early in the second half. First Sho-Silva closed him down and he showed great composure in dribbling round the hungry striker then Ajala got past Dan Gray but again the Imps custodian did well to smother.
Robinson looked like he might have a chance when played in by Tomlinson but a poor first touch allowed Fazakerley to close him out.
Tom Bender headed out well and as he looked to turn defence into attack but he was taken out crudely and cynically, apparently unseen by the officials.
Once again Townsend rescued Lincoln with a fantastic save from Beautyman after more brilliant work by Sho-Silva.
Ross Lafayette replaced Ajala before Basile Karagiannis came on for his Welling debut in the place of Wakefield.
Alfie Mawson was then thwarted by Townsend when his header from Welling's first corner was tipped over.
Alan Power shot over wildly from 20 yards as Lincoln struggled against Welling's well drilled defence.
Adams hit a hugely ambitious 35 yarder at Turner in injury time but the Welling goalkeeper made a fantastic stop in the final minute from Power at the foot of the post.
Welling United: Turner, Fazakerley, Bender, Gallagher, Mawson, Hudson, Beautyman, Wakefield (Karagiannis 78), Ajala (Lafayette 69), Sho-Silva, Healy (Clarke 45). Unused substitutes: Guthrie, McLaren
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